Google Phone is coming...
openmoko-comunity at avee.org
Tue Aug 7 17:02:41 CEST 2007
On Tuesday 07 August 2007 16:15, Jeremy G wrote:
> On 8/4/07, Jeremy G <atrus123 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 8/4/07, Harrison Metzger <harrisonmetz at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Why doesn't Google join Openmoko/Neo?
> > Google has too many closed-source applications to fit with the
> > completely open nature of OpenMoko, and likely, they intend to use
> > their phone as an avenue to promote their applications, closed and
> > open alike.
> Looks like I might end up eating my words:
> "There has been a new batch of rumors swirling about Google producing
> a "gPhone" mobile telephone after a Reuters reporter stated High Tech
> Computer Corp would be designing the Linux phone for Google. A
> friendly penguin has told us at Phoronix that Google is looking to
> team up with OpenMoko for their "gPhone". Google will not be using the
> FIC Neo1973 GTA01, but they will be bringing the open-source OpenMoko
> platform to their own hardware, which looks to be manufactured through
> HTC, and making a few changes along the way. "
> Source: http://www.phoronix.com/?page=news_item&px=NTk1Mw
Google has never had any problem with placing their own closed stuff on top of
open-source code. They are heavy open-source users, it's just to bad they are
mostly users and never completely open.
They do understand the power of 'default', paying big bucks to Mozilla and
Opera for a search box which can be removed with two clicks. The same thing
will apply to a phone, most people will never change anything in the
software, no matter how open (or not) it is.
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